May 28th, 2010 by Rosemary
Always we begin again

So, I’ve gone back to the gym this week. This is it. I’m getting in shape. I swear. I’m going to loose this writer’s butt.

You guys believe me, right?

This is why I never make New Years resolutions. New season, new month, new WEEK. Heck sometimes it’s a question of a new day. As in, starting today, I’m going to eat right/go to the gym/write more pages a day… And always the same stuff.

I get so mad at myself! Why am I not more efficient with my writing? Why don’t I write as many books as author X? Why don’t I work harder at publicity? Yadda yadda yadda.

Occasionally, I worry God sits there with a clipboard, checking off attempts. “Oh, sorry, kiddo. That was your seven hundredth and fifty-second resolution to be less of a neurotic nut job. Now you just have to STAY that way. And don’t even talk to me about the size of your butt. You’ve spent all your chips on that issue, and it is non-negotiable.”

But that’s not the way it works. Thank goodness.

Last week I talked about setting goals for your writing, whether its so many words a day, or finishing by a target date. I hope you also saw where I said, if you don’t make one, set another and try again.

We can always try again.  At anything.

In the “someday” stage of your writing is you never fall on your face because you never make goals. Once you do, you’re going to stumble sometimes. You’re going to miss one of your self-imposed deadlines because a kid got sick or your paying job exploded on you.

In the “someday” stage, I was never tempted to just throw my hands up and say “I’m not cut out for this writing gig.”  Now, it sometimes seems like everyone in the world has got their act more together than I do. Blogging, tweeting, publicity. How do they do all that and write three books a year, too.

But then I dust myself off, get back on the horse, and say, “This week I’ll do better.”

If you stumble, don’t let anyone, including yourself, kick you while you’re down. Life isn’t like a video game, where you only get so many new lives.  When you really want to achieve something, there is no limit on chances to try again.

(The title of this post comes from St. Benedict, who literally wrote the book on how monks and religious folks should live. Basically: every day is a new day. Don’t dwell on how you do yesterday, just concentrate on how you do today. Pretty smart guy, actually.)

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9 comments to “Always we begin again”

  1. Dawn
     · May 28th, 2010 at 11:02 am · Link

    Rosemary, it’s as though you read my mind! Seriously. I was just lamenting with a friend Carrie yesterday about how I had gained weight and made little progress with the WIP – and was beating myself up over the “again.” This morning, Carrie and I met at the gym to start – again – our program. Tonight, after the day job, I start – again – working diligently on the WIP. Good luck on your “again.”

  2. Rosemary Clement-Moore
     · May 28th, 2010 at 11:09 am · Link

    I’m psychic, don’t you know?

    Good luck on YOUR “again,” too. Onward and upward. :-)

  3. Charlene Teglia
     · May 28th, 2010 at 2:37 pm · Link

    Thank you. Love this. 😉

  4. Sybir St. John
     · May 28th, 2010 at 3:22 pm · Link

    I find I get more done AND write better if I make the gym part of my daily activity. And, I find I get ticked off when I can’t get my time in there.

    Go you on the gym time and the writing time! I think you’ll find that one helps the other.

    If nothing else, it also give you something to groan about…the feeling of muscles having been worked the following day. 😀 Leg day is always something I feel for a few days after.

  5. John R. Austin
     · May 28th, 2010 at 4:42 pm · Link

    I loved this post, Rosemary!…Real & down-to-earth…

    I especially liked the line about “…or your paying job exploded on you.” Seems like writing is a non-paying endeavor for most slackers like me…BUT, I know you are doing better than I!

    The post was cute 😀

  6. Chantal Kirkland
     · May 28th, 2010 at 8:27 pm · Link

    Thanks for the encouragement. Seems like you often blog about the very thing that’s challenging me. It’s funny.

  7. Joe
     · May 28th, 2010 at 11:10 pm · Link

    This one I print and pin.

    Loved this. And more importantly, I needed it.

    Thank you.

  8. B.E. Sanderson
     · May 29th, 2010 at 8:01 am · Link

    I like to think the only time I can really fail is when I give up. I may have times when I don’t work as hard as I should, or when my words aren’t coming out quite like I want them, but I can’t let those times stop me from trying.

    Great post, Rosemary, and thank you for reminding me that giving up is the only true failure. =o)

  9. Erin
     · June 3rd, 2010 at 12:20 pm · Link

    I don’t know much about word count, but I do know about the gym. Up until 3 months ago I just couldn’t get myself to the gym. I had a membership, the people at the gym were great, but I just didn’t have the motivation.

    But 3 months ago I was inspired by The Biggest Loser- They have people on there getting in shape by boxing. I had never considered boxing. I’m such a nonviolent person. But something about hitting the pads looked so appealing. So I looked around at the local boxing gyms, found on that’s female friendly, and signed up. I LOVE it! I go 5 days a week and look forward to it every day. And I’m in the best shape I’ve been in since college.

    Sometimes it just takes trying new things until you find something you love. Which may apply to work count. :)

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